Connecting European Neuroscience

Caroni, Pico

Brain Conference Committee (2012 - 2014)
(Chair, Programme Committee - FENS Forum 2008 - 2010)

Curriculum Vitae


Biochemistry Diploma Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland
PhD in Biochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland
Privatdozent in Neurobiology, University of Basel

Professional experience

Postdoctoral fellow, University of California at San Francisco
Oberassistent, Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich
Junior Groupleader Friedrich Miescher Institut, Basel, Switzerland
since 1995
Senior Groupleader Friedrich Miescher Institut, Basel, Switzerland
since 2007
Professor in Neurobiology, University of Basel


Chair, Meetings and Courses Committee of EMBO (ex-officio EMBO Council)
Member of ERC panel Neuroscience (young investigator awards)
Member of Program committee, EMBO Annual Meetings
Member of EMBL-EMBO Symposia committee
Organiser, Ascona Meetings on Neuronal Circuits


Selected Publications

  • Pun S, Santos AF, Saxena S, Lefler S, Caroni P. (2006) Nat. Neurosci. 9, 408-419. Selective vulnerability and pruning of phasic motoneuron axons alleviated by CNTF in motoneuron disease.
  • Galimberti I, Gogolla N, Alberi S, Santos AF, Muller D, Caroni P. (2006) Neuron 50, 749-763. Long-term rearrangements of hippocampal mossy fiber terminal connectivity in the adult regulated by experience.
  • De Paola V, Arber S, Caroni P. (2003) Nat.Neurosci. 6: 491-500. AMPA receptors regulate dynamic equilibrium of presynaptic terminals in mature hippocampal networks.
  • Pun S, Sigrist M, Santos AF, Ruegg MA, Sanes JR, Jessell TM, Arber S, Caroni P. (2002) Neuron 34: 357-70. An intrinsic distinction in neuromuscular junction assembly and maintenance in different skeletal muscles.
  • Bomze HM, Bulsara KR, Iskandar BJ, Caroni P, Skene JH. (2001) Nat.Neurosci. 4, 38-43. Spinal axon regeneration evoked by replacing two growth cone proteins in adult neurons.
  • Arber S, Barbayannis FA, Hanser H, Schneider C, Stanyon CA, Bernard O, Caroni P. (1998) Nature 393, 805-9. Regulation of actin dynamics through phosphorylation of cofilin by LIM-kinase.
  • Arber S, Hunter JJ, Ross J Jr, Hongo M, Sansig G, Borg J, Perriard JC, Chien KR, Caroni P. (1997) Cell 88, 393-403. MLP-deficient mice exhibit a disruption of cardiac cytoarchitectural organization, dilated cardiomyopathy, and heart failure.
  • Aigner L, Arber S, Kapfhammer JP, Laux T, Schneider C, Botteri F, Brenner HR, Caroni P. (1995) Cell 83, 269-78. Overexpression of the neural growth-associated protein GAP-43 induces nerve sprouting in the adult nervous system of transgenic mice.
  • Arber S, Halder G, Caroni P. (1994) Cell 79, 221-31. Muscle LIM protein, a novel essential regulator of myogenesis, promotes myogenic differentiation.
  • Caroni P, Schwab ME. (1988) Neuron 1, 85-96. Antibody against myelin-associated inhibitor of neurite growth neutralizes nonpermissive substrate properties of CNS white matter.

Pico Caroni

Senior staff (groupleader)
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Basel
Maulbeerstrasse 66
4058 Basel
Phone: +41 (0)61 697 3727
Fax: +41 (0)61 697 3976